Bundled together for B&H for your convenience, the Zoom H5 Podcasting Kit provides essential elements for recording podcasts—particularly, podcasts that take remote phone calls as guests.
The included Zoom H5 is a venerated industry-standard recorder for podcasts, and the included Samson Q2U is a handheld dynamic microphone capable of capturing quality vocals. Plug the Q2U into channel one of the H5 with the provided XLR cable. Next, plug the provided headphones into the H5's 3.5mm headphone-output jack, and you're ready to start podcasting.
But the Samson Q2U has a trick up its sleeve: A USB port that works simultaneously with the XLR output. Why does this matter? For recording phone calls over Skype and other VOIP software. Often, recording a call is challenging for the solo podcaster; guests sometimes hear echoes of their own voices due to how you're recording, and that's very disorienting.